St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced that following Sunday afternoon’s 5-2 win at Champion Stadium vs. Atlanta, they have optioned outfielder Anthony Garcia and right-handed pitcher Rowan Wick to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) roster and re-assigned right-handed pitcher Josh Lucas and left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips to their minor league camp.
These transactions reduce the number of players in the team’s Major League camp to 47, including 14 non-roster invitees.
Brian Walton’s take
As a reminder, the difference in the transactions is that players on the 40-man roster are optioned out, while non-roster invitees are reassigned. Same end result – they move to minor league camp - but different lingo.
None of the four had a decent chance of making the St. Louis roster in this camp, though all four could be members of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds to start the season.
In an ever-crowded outfield situation, Garcia seems to be losing ground. For even the fourth spot in St. Louis, Garcia is behind fellow 40-man players Tommy Pham and Jose Martinez. Non-roster prospect Harrison Bader is also still in camp and playing well and newly-signed Cuban Adolis Garcia is an intriguing wild card. This spring, Anthony Garcia hit .250 with two home runs and five RBI over 25 plate appearances, but his 40-man roster spot could soon be in jeopardy.
Wick missed much of camp to date due to his stint with Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. The hard-throwing right-hander tossed two scoreless frames before leaving, but struggled with his control against the Twins in his Wednesday return, when he was charged with four runs in 1/3 of an inning.
Lucas, the subject of a feature story for The Cardinal Nation members by Derek Shore on Sunday, performed well when called upon. Through five Grapefruit League appearances of five innings total, the 2016 Springfield hurler yielded just two hits, a walk, struck out three, held opposing batters to a .125 average and allowed no runs.
The opportunity for free agent signee Phillips to make the Memphis bullpen may have been helped by the elbow injury suffered by Jordan Schafer. In camp, Phillips allowed a single run in three of his six spring outings totaling 5 1/3 innings. He yielded six hits, walked three and struck out four.
To see the current camp assignments, full 2016 season-ending rosters by level and position and every transaction across the entire Cardinals system on one page, check out the Roster Matrix, always up-to-date and free at The Cardinal Nation blog.
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